“And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night." (Exodus 13:21 KJV)
You cannot fulfill God’s purposes for your life while focusing on your own plans. ~ Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Life
Just what does it mean to you to submit your weight loss program to God? Do you even know what it looks like? Being open to his leading and prompting? Admitting to him your inability to do it without him? Inviting him to partner with you? Hearing only what he is telling you through your journal entries and prayer time? These are all practical forms of submission.
If we could lose weight (or rid ourselves of any other stumbling block) on our own, then we would not need God. Strong willpower, self-discipline, and self-control may help you reach your goal, but chances are the journey will not be enjoyable and definitely not sustainable. Instead of always getting frustrated trying to do it your way and wasting time, money, and your health, the first and most important step is to submit your weight loss program to God.
God gives us a beautiful illustration of how he wants us to live with him. From the time of the exodus until the Israelites entered the Promised Land, the Lord led them by day with a pillar of cloud, and by night with a pillar of fire. God is just as faithful to us if we allow him to lead. Although it may not be by clouds and fire, it may be that still small voice; the confirmation from a friend; or the inner feeling of peace. He also promises us that he will never leave us or forsake us.
You CAN rest from all of your efforts—no more crazy diets or gimmicks; no more wasted money; no more frustration; and no more guilt or condemnation. Starting today, refuse to take another step in your health program without God.
Today’s Health Challenge
What conscious behaviors and actions are you currently engaging in that show your lack of submission in the area of your weight loss process. List 5-10 of them and then begin asking the Holy Spirit to help you. Say each one of them aloud one by one.
I walk in Your presence today and I choose to honor You God by what I eat, and in all I do. I submit my weight, my health, and my body to You. I walk with courage, discipline, and perseverance in times of testing and temptation. I am blessed and prosperous in You.